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Joseph Thomas Flood

Criminal defense Attorney at Fairfax, VA

4.8   20 reviews

also known as Joe Flood

  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 18 years
    New York - NY 27 years
    Alabama - AL 29 years
    Wisconsin - WI 31 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    70%
    capital murder, complex criminal litigation, criminal trials, federal criminal practice

  2. Federal crime
    20%

  3. Juvenile law
    5%

  4. Sex crime
    5%

I was the first person in my family in more than seven generations to attend college. I grew up poor and very disadvantaged but with a deep sense of how fortunate I was. I attended public schools throughout my education, including law school, and developed an appreciation of how unfair our society, and particularly the criminal justice system, could be for people who were poor, uneducated, or who looked differently and the degree of injustice seemed to directly correspond to the seriousness of the offense and the accused's disadvantages. For most of my career I worked representing indigent defendants - including approximately 150 who were facing the death penalty - in the same zealous and aggressive way that people with means expect from our system. I continue to approach each of my client's as individuals in need of my help, and their cases as the most important and honorable way to utilize my skills and experience. You should expect nothing less.

Location

Sheldon & Flood, P.L.C.
10621 Jones St
Suite 301 A
Fairfax, VA, 22030-7518

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Bobby | January 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Defense Lawyer
Joe Flood is an exceptional criminal defense lawyer. I recently used his services to defend myself against a criminal drug charge, and I could not have been more pleased with the results. Initially, he spent three plus hours calling the jail to get in contact with me in the middle of the night. Joe was extremely knowledgeable and offered knowledgeable advice. He was very organized and kept me informed of every step of the process. He always answered my phone calls/texts and handled all the details of the case very professionally. Even though I was facing a serious charge, Joe provided a sense of comfort and security as he worked through the case. Joe is a great lawyer and I highly recommend him for any criminal defense needs. He is the best lawyer that I could have asked for and I’m extremely grateful for all his hard work.
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Posted by Shawn | January 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney - an even better person!!
From the moment I hired Mr Flood, I felt like our case was the only case he was working on. He religiously stayed in touch with me throughout the various stages of the case and kept me informed and educated on every aspect as we navigated through a very long and drawn out process. Everything Mr Flood told me he would do, he did! My best friend is a criminal attorney in NC and he helped me find Mr Flood. We had a lengthy list of potential attorneys and we interviewed many. After the first conversation with Mr Flood, I knew he was the right attorney for my brother’s case. Mr Flood is professional, compassionate and smart, but most importantly he is competent. I would highly recommend Mr Flood.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2023
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Great Lawyer
Great Lawyer! My brother was facing a recommended prison sentence for uncharacteristic lack of judgment and actions during a very trying time in his life. Joe Flood’s counsel turned an awful situation into an acceptable one. His sage advice to my brother has turned his life around and we will always be grateful for the outstanding representation provided by Joe Flood.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2023
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Fantastic Attorney!
My son was caught in a government sting operation and was facing a potential lengthy prison sentence. Attorney Joe Flood worked hard and got it significantly reduced to a reasonable sentence including community service. Attorney Flood immediately connected with my son to understand the situation, developed a strategy and over delivered on his promises. Attorney Flood’s knowledge, research and abilities are top notch and you will not be disappointed in his services.
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Posted by Aisha | July 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
I Thank You!
Mr Flood was the aide in my husband’s case that undoubtedly showed that he actually cared for not only his work, but the outcome and the due diligence that was needed to yield the best possible outcome. Mr Flood point of view and angling of our case enlightened areas that you wouldn’t expect from your attorney but because of his background and experience aides in his expertise as an attorney. I am thankful for his hard work, dedication, consistency and compassion for his work and the time he spent with my husband and our family. THANK YOU JOE!!
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Posted by Brent | July 13, 2022
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Absolutely the best
Joe is excellent, reliable, and reachable. I don't remember a single time where he didn't answer me at least soon after I called. He does fantastic work and is by a very wide margin, the lawyer I trust the most
Posted by Philip Curry | July 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Quick, Efficient, Reliable. Highly recommend.
Joe helped our cause considerably. He quickly researched the situation and determined a course of action to affect a very positive outcome for my son. He took over from a court appointed lawyer who was seemingly just going through the motions. Our new found confidence with a new lawyer (Joe) was a very welcome relief from the previous lawyer. Joe's immediate understanding of the case specifics were the reason he could craft a new, very effective strategy going forward. Very pleased with the outcome.
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Posted by Sherrie | July 11, 2022
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Much More Than An Attorney
Mr. Flood helped my son thru the most difficult time of his life. He supported our family - offering us GREAT legal advice, wisdom, knowledge and equally as importantly a sounding board as we navigated thru unchartered waters. I will eternally be grateful to you. You are professional, experienced and caring.
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Joseph Flood is
He stay on my case after a year and is the best lawyer I ever work with and stay on a case to follow up on the end he is rated the best lawyer I have ever met and he fight s for justice god bless him
Posted by Valencia | July 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
When my daughter was facing a life sentence we were referred to Joseph Flood and hired him. That decision changed my life and my daughters life. I never knew lawyers could care so much. Mr. Flood fought exceptionally hard and attained an unimaginable result. If you or a loved one face criminal charges, you cannot do better than Joseph Flood
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Posted by Monica | February 27, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Committed to Excellence
Joseph Flood had a dramatic and positive impact on my life. He made every effort to establish a relationship of trust with me and maintained close contact throughout my time of need. He was a great listener and approached my criminal case with an open mind. His passion for serving people, coupled with his expertise in criminal law makes him one of the best criminal defense lawyers around. If you are looking for a defense attorney who is client centered, dedicated, and knowledgeable I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Victor | February 24, 2021
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Outstanding Lawyer
Mr. Flood is an exceptional defense attorney. I had the fortune of being represented by him for a capital murder case and his work ethic and due diligence of sifting through the evidence and developing strategy for an effective defense was extraordinary. I write this as a free man need I say more.
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Brother
Joe’s experience and dedication to his craft was a major contributor in helping reduce the sentence for my brother who was facing serious legal charges. His attention to detail and communication skills made this process as easy as it could be considering the circumstances. It was clear that once Joe got to know his client personally and became aware of his clients situation he was determined to prove his innocence even more. Although this situation was extremely difficult to deal with overall having Joe as an Attorney was a blessing and we couldn’t have been more happy with the results.
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Posted by Brandon Sobotta | February 13, 2021
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Best lawyer ever!
A couple years back I got into some trouble and was appointed Joseph Flood. He was absolutely amazing and worked so hard to get me the best result possible. He succeeded in doing so and I was released the day of court. I have never had such a great lawyer and also person representing me before! Joseph Flood is not only a lawyer, he is now a friend as well! If you need a great lawyer and want the best outcome Joseph Flood is your guy!
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Posted by Jeanne | February 12, 2021
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Look no further...
Our son's case was very complicated, since he had already been sentenced. When we contacted and spoke to Joe Flood, he was honest and gave us no false hope. What he did give us was a sense of possibility, that he was someone who would go to the wall for our son, whatever it took, to give our son the chance, albeit small, of a reduced sentence. Our son's previous attorney neglected to focus on our son's mental health issues, which played a significant part in his crime. Joe investigated every avenue, gathered voluminous information from many sources, and was even able to have him (our son) psychologically evaluated, traveling 300 miles to do so. Joe has a brilliant mind and lives up to his reputation. He is straightforward and enormously competent, yet he is a gentleman and very kind. He is also available and very responsive to calls, emails, letters. etc. It is without reservation that my husband and I highly recommend Joseph Thomas Flood.
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Posted by Dom | February 11, 2021
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Best criminal defense lawyer
I was very stressed out after being charged by the police and retained Mr. Flood to help me. He was very patient, creative and persuasive in his argument in front of the judge. He helped me to get the best possible outcome and the incident will not even show up on my record. I am really glad I hired Mr. Flood.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney I could have asked for
When I went through some serious legal trouble Joe Flood really helped my family and I. After having a bad experience with a much overpriced lawyer, Mr. Flood proved to be an amazing attorney. He knows how the legal system works and has a passion for what he does. He was straight forward and honest with us and always communicated every aspect of my case with me. Mr. Flood had previous experience with a similar case and I know he dedicated himself to help me out, more than could be expected of an attorney. In addition to all that, he has experience with counseling and really comforted my family and I through this traumatic experience. In the end the outcome was better than I could have ever expected, and I can honestly say that this was because of everything Joe Flood did. If only there were more attorneys like him.
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Posted by Bob | February 10, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer
Joe explains the law and the options the client has. He is very detailed and will do a great job for his clients.
Posted by Christopher | February 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A pro's pro
You can pay more or less, but you will not find a more thorough and committed attorney to represent your interests. A keen legal mind with a humanist's touch, Mr. Flood fiercely advocates with a strategic approach towards achieving the optimal result for his client. As skilled as he is as a spokesman, he is an even better listener who takes the time to relate on a personal level to those he serves. I could not recommend him more highly as an attorney.
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Posted by Tom | April 6, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Fake Reviews
All the reviews here are fake. Bad experience - stay away. Don’t waste your money. There are better attorneys out there.
Response from Joseph Flood January 8, 2023
I don’t believe this posting was written by an actual client or prospective client but rather by a competitor. If you are a real person, I encourage you to contact me to address your grievance.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sheldon & Flood, PLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Capital Defender
  • Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Deputy Capital Defender
  • New York State Capital Defender Office
  • 1995 - 2005
  • Staff Attorney
  • Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Joseph W. Hatchett
  • 11th Circuit Court Of Appeals
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Law Clerk - Volunteer Attorney
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • 1990 - 1993
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Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Sam Rittenberry, GT 20078908-00 (Fairfax County, VA)
  • Fine and 30 days suspended time
  • Commonwealth v. Ian Florance, Crim. No. 31218-00 & -01
  • Sentence reduced from 10 years to 5 years.
  • United States v. Marvin Dumont, Case No. 1:19-cr-276 (Eastern District of Virginia)
  • The federal district court imposed a total sentence of 32 months, reduced from 20 years
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Associations

  • Virginia Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • New York Bar Foundation
  • 1994 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • N/A

Publications

  • Virginia Bar Association
  • “Trial of Capital Murder Cases in Virginia”
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Loosening the Death Belt Seminar (virtual)
  • "Plea Negotiations and Bargaining in Capital Cases"
  • 2021
  • 28th Annual Capital Defense Workshop (Virtual)
  • "The Client’s Perspective on Capital Defense"
  • 2020
  • Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program’s “Annual Meeting
  • “How to Present Video Testimony When Foreign National Witnesses are ‘Unavailable’”
  • 2019
  • Loosening the Death Belt Seminar (Virtual)
  • "Representing Foreign Nationals in Capital Cases"
  • 2019
  • Loosening the Death Belt Seminar (Virtual)
  • "Utilizing Testifying Experts at Trial"
  • 2019
  • Initial Virginia Capital Certification Training
  • "The Relevant State and Federal Law You Need for Capital Defense"
  • 2019
  • Colorado Method of Jury Selection in Death Penalty Cases
  • "The Law Lecture: Constitutional Principles Supporting Meaningful Capital Voir Dire"
  • 2018
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (2)
Endorse Joseph
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Joe Flood. You will be hard pressed to find a criminal defense lawyer who blends the commitment to his clients, awareness of the law, and brilliant strategy that Joe possesses. Whether you’re charged with a minor offense or capital murder, you will not find another lawyer who fights as hard as Joe."
Federal crime Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Joe and I are working closely on a very complicated federal matter. He is bright, hard-working and enjoys the complete confidence of the client. Look forward to working with him on other matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I fully endorse Joe. He is a phenomenal lawyer who is a tireless worker for his clients. He is a lawyer's lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joe based on my professional and personal experience with him for over two decades."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a fantastic lawyer and advocate for his clients. Tenacious and sharp, Joe is someone whom I have sought advice from on many occasions."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a highly competent lawyer. He's intelligent, determined, creative, thorough, and diligent. Joe has distinguished himself as especially talented with Post-Conviction matters, but he is well known and respected in the criminal defense field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe's as good as they come, a thoughtful, creative, and tenacious advocate who cares deeply about his clients and does all he can on their behalf."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Flood has a wealth of experience in criminal defense and capital litigation. He is thorough, sharp, and client-centered. If you asked any attorney you knew who THEY would hire if they were the one in trouble, Joe Flood's name would come up every time. I highly recommend Joe in this field!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is fantastic lawyer and a great colleague. Creative and thorough, he goes the extra mile for every one of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe Flood is one of the most dedicated, tenacious and intelligent lawyers I have ever met. Joe is creative in motions practice, has a stellar work ethic and is extremely effective in the courtroom."
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Fairfax Criminal defense Lawyer Joseph Thomas Flood
Joseph Thomas Flood
Criminal defense Attorney
Fairfax, VA
Licensed for 31 years

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